Deuxieme frontispice (Assise sur le globe)Artist(s)James Jacques Joseph TissotArtist NationalityFrench (culture or style)Object Creation Date1875Medium & Supportdrypoint on paperDimensions
10 1/16 in x 6 1/2 in (25.56 cm x 16.51 cm);15 9/16 in x 11 1/8 in (39.53 cm x 28.26 cm)Credit LineGift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert AldrichSubject matter
This image is one of three rejected frontispieces that Tissot made for his first portfolio of ten etchings. The allegorical nude female in the guise of Fortune, who sits atop a globe, was a common motif during the Renaissance, especially in the printed work of Northern artists like Albrecht Dürer, Albrecht Altdorfer, and Lucas Cranach the Elder. Physical Description
A nude woman sits on a large sphere and looks down, to her right. She holds a blank tablet in her left hand (against which she also leans her head), and a sprig of laurel leaves in her right hand, which rests behind her right thigh. Laurel leaves also decorate her hair. A ribbon crosses her chest and right hip. The space behind the woman and the sphere are left blank.
Signed in the image, lower left corner, in the plate: "J.J. Tissot / 1875"Primary Object Classification Print Primary Object Typeintaglio printCollection AreaWesternRights
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allegory (artistic device)
drypoint (printing process)
globes (cartographic spheres)
portfolios (groups of works)
spheres (geometric figures)